Clarks Summit resident Jake Dailey, right, placed third at the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association (MAWA) Eastern National Wrestling Championships May 2-3 in Salisbury, Maryland.
CLARKS SUMMIT — Jake Dailey has only been wrestling for four years, but the Wyoming Seminary student is already experiencing a good deal of success.
Dailey, 9, of Clarks Summit, placed third in the 9-10 age group of the midget 70-lb. weight class during the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association (MAWA) Eastern National Wrestling Championships May 2-3 in Salisbury, Maryland. He finished with a 4-1 record in the tournament, with his only loss coming to the eventual champion. He has a 67-14 overall record this year.
While he enjoyed competing and performing well in the tournament, it was the downtime that was most memorable for Dailey.
“After a match at nationals, me and my dad would go outside and play lacrosse to get my mind off wrestling,” he said.
Dailey, who trains with the Summit Wrestling Club based out of Abington Heights High School, finished in second place at a district tournament at Tunkhannock High School on March 22 and placed first during a regional tournament at Shamokin High School on April 18 to qualify for nationals.
Dailey credits the quality instruction he receives through the club for his success in the sport.
“I trained a lot and have gotten better,” Dailey said. “The coaches are really nice and they teach you a lot (of skills). When I started I didn’t know any moves, but now I have a lot of techniques.”
According to the MAWA website, the tournament started with 11,000 wrestlers across 17 states. Athletes who placed in the district tournaments advanced to four regional tournaments.
Despite being fairly new to the sport, Dailey is already a student of the game.
“My favorite part of wrestling is learning a lot of things,” he said. ” You learn moves and how to get your opponent on the mat and pinned.”
During the school year, Dailey trains four days a week, for about three hours each day, and competes in tournaments on several weekends.
Dailey’s favorite wrestlers are Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic Champion and two-time NCAA Champion at the University of Nebraska, and Kyle Dake, who won four NCAA titles at Cornell University.
Jake, the son of Matt and Nadia Dailey, has also been a member of the Abington Junior Comets football team for three years.